Eastside Heritage Center

Northwest History
2:36 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Tolls begin on new Lk. Washington floating bridge in summer - 1940

Motorists line up for the opening of the first Lake Washington floating bridge in 1940. The Eastside Heritage Society is having a presentation on the history of the bridge, Thursday, May 19 at Winters House, 2102 Bellevue Way SE.
Asahel Curtis U.W. Special Collections

With the start - or rather, resumption of tolling on the 520 bridge a few weeks away, history buffs are recalling the opening of the first Lake Washington Floating Bridge, 71 years ago.

Skeptics predicted it would sink, and that tolling would never pay for the cost of construction. Sound familiar?

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